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Monday, May 21, 2012
On-The-Job-Training (OJT) Office Comes to Debe
By TEST @ 6:41 AM :: 5366 Views :: 2012
On-The-Job-Training (OJT) Office Comes to Debe

Senator the Honourable Fazal Karim, Minister of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education, together with the Honourable Roodal Moonilal, Minister of Housing and the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oropouche East, and the Honourable Stacy Roopnarine, Minister of State in the Ministry of Works and Member of Parliament for Oropouche West, formally opened the On the Job Training  office at the NIDCO building in Debe on Tuesday 15th May, 2012

Work Force of the Future
"OJTs are the workforce of the future," declared Minister Karim in his feature address at the opening. He stressed the importance of the training provided in the OJT programme and highlighted the many success stories of beneficiaries of the programme who have moved on to excel in their respective fields. Minister Karim also said, “These regional sub-offices will not just be a place to drop off forms, but somewhere employers can request trainees, where persons will be coached in writing application letters and preparing their curriculum vitae, where they will gain useful interviewing tips, and where they will be taught valuable life skills.” 

This sentiment was echoed by Minister Moonilal, who praised the Ministry for the initiative, which he described as “a key step toward decentralizing the services offered by the Government.” Minister Moonilal further commented, “This OJT office will greatly benefit the citizens of the Pena/Debe area by assisting the youth to gain useful work experience in their quests to secure more permanent career paths.” 

Minister Roopnarine commended Minister Karim and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education on the opening of the Debe regional sub-office. Of the young people in the OJT Programme she expressed, “These are young people who are eager and willing to learn. They possess excellent work ethics and have shown themselves willing to go beyond the call of duty when the need arises.” 

Mr. Lincoln Ragbirsingh, President of the Penal/Debe Chamber of Commerce in giving his remarks, expressed 
his joy in seeing the development taking place in the country, especially in the Penal/Debe area. He added that the presence of this new OJT office is a privilege for the youth and something they can be motivated by. 

Mr. Premchand Sookoo, Chairman of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation indicated that there were approximately 40 OJTs working in the Regional Corporation and conveyed how proud he felt that persons from the community no longer had to travel to San Fernando to apply for a job. 

Also addressing the audience was Mr. Dhanraj Goolcharan, Chairman of the National Training Agency (NTA), under whose purview the OJT programme falls. He highlighted the importance of the expansion of OJT offices throughout the country, as the Government aims to bring these services closer to the communities being served.

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